Another NFL assistant in Penn State mix

January, 2, 2012
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There's another candidate being mentioned for Penn State's head-coaching vacancy and, surprise, surprise, he's an NFL assistant coach.

So who is Penn State's NFL flavor of the day? San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Roman's agent tells the Associated Press that his client is a finalist for Penn State's coaching vacancy. Roman, who went with Jim Harbaugh from Stanford to the 49ers after the 2010 college season, interviewed for the Penn State job in November and is on the school's short list, according to agent Mike Harrison.

The report comes a day after ESPN reported that Penn State is targeting New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as its top choice. O'Brien's agent denied that a deal is close, and so did Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner. We learned Monday that O'Brien will interview for the Jacksonville Jaguars' head-coaching job.

Let's see, we've heard Penn State whispers about Roman, O'Brien, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements ... am I missing someone?

While the search committee has interviewed Lions interim head coach Tom Bradley and several other members of the current staff, it hasn't been shy about pursuing those in the NFL ranks. Penn State fans, how do you feel about this?

My take: Munchak still is the home-run hire, under the circumstances. Unlike the others mentioned, he's a sitting head coach and has ties Penn State as a former star offensive lineman. I really think Penn State needs someone with previous head-coaching experience to take over a uniquely difficult situation.

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